• Our Story

T he Primary Health Network (PHN), originally called The Shenango Valley Primary Health Care Center, was founded in 1984, with one small site. Our goal has always been to provide quality medical care to the people we serve. Since our inception, PHN, a private, nonprofit organization, has worked with local communities to implement a new model of healthcare: the Community Health Center.

In celebration of over 30 years of PHN’s efforts embracing excellence in healthcare, we have issued this series of animated short videos that show our story.

The Primary Health Network (PHN) began as one small community health center, since growing to become the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Pennsylvania, with over 50 sites in 17 counties throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. We employ a medical staff that consists of 165+ Physicians, Dentists, Physician Assistants, Certified Nurse Practitioners, and other health professionals. Our support staff includes over 600 employees, as well. Each year, we reach over 118,000 patients through health and educational services.

We offer comprehensive primary care and numerous specialty services, as well as working within communities by participating in health fairs and networking with local organizations. Our management is structured to engage and interact with communities, as the Board of Directors is composed of volunteer community leaders and residents from throughout PHN's service area. These members guide PHN, encouraging community involvement.

The Community Health Center model is different from private practices because of its broad range of services and management structure. Our network of health centers exists because of a great need for healthcare services for people of all income levels. PHN now provides all of the following services: Family Practice; Internal Medicine; Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN); Pediatrics; Behavioral Health; Chiropractic; Family Dentistry; Geriatric Medicine; Neurology; Oral Surgery; Otolaryngology (ENT); Podiatry; Psychiatry; and Complementary Medicine (Acupuncture and more). We are always looking for ways to increase access to services, as well as the number of available services.

At PHN, we strive to assist our patients toward a fuller, healthier lifestyle. As part of this drive, we offer health education, free pregnancy tests and blood pressure screens at medical sites, and patient transportation in select counties (Beaver, Clarion, Erie, Lawrence, and Mercer) to medical appointments. Personal attention, convenience, and expert care are available throughout the network, where you will feel at home through our patient-centered approach. The Electronic Health Record (EHR) has been implemented throughout the network, allowing PHN to keep up with technological advances in healthcare delivery. Adapting to the changing healthcare market, PHN participates in most managed care plans, processes most insurances, and offers a Sliding Fee Scale for discounts to eligible patients.

Our country's future healthcare system will present new challenges and opportunities for growth. The Primary Health Network stands ready to meet the healthcare needs of all residents in the communities we serve, and we will continue to look to the future, as we continue to provide quality healthcare.

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